Stand Ground

Photo by Sandra Pereznieto
Photo by Sandra Pereznieto
Photo by Sandra Pereznieto
Photo by Sandra Pereznieto
Photo by Sandra Pereznieto
Photo by Sandra Pereznieto
Photo by Sandra Pereznieto

Stand Ground is our proposal for the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, FREESPACE.

 

Freespace translates in Spanish to a play on words: it means “Set space free/libera espacio”, and “leeway for action/espacio libre”. To our studio, Freespace is both the imperative to act and a space for action latent within the potential development of a place. Places are the pavestone for resilience and equity. We stand by the belief that architecture is capable of placemaking. Our intervention transforms the wall into a floor, reconnects the backdrop to the foreground changing barriers into boundaries.

 

A 1:1 reproduction of the exhibit-space wall, made of recycled Venetian brick, paves the ground of the Arsenale for a new horizon: by deconstructing the wall, the public realm integrates with the private sphere.

 

The installation is a symbolic gesture that transmutes a barrier into a common-ground experience: walls are inflexible barriers but grounding their limits to principles of equity and resilience paves the way for community boundaries.

 

 

To emphasize the symbolic absence of a vertical dividing structure, a real-time view of the Venice Canal and the outer street is projected onto a screen placed on the back wall of the exhibit space, inviting the outside into the Arsenale space; visitors engage a different understanding of space through the fictional, poetic, oneiric.

 

 

The installation piece is complemented by display-tables in curio-cabinet arrangements showing the design process of the actual proposal, the studio’s design work, methodology and related public space interventions in social housing projects.

 

The display-tables also show our book UH: Common Spaces in Housing Units compiling the research for three of our public-space-recovery projects : Common Unit, Rooftop Court and Fresnillo. The book may be consulted in the Stirling Book Pavilion

Sponsors: Infonavit, SariUrban y Alumnos 47

Collaborators: Francisca López Pani, Louise Rouzaud, Karina Caballero, Ombeline de Laage, Adriana Rodríguez

Construction: WeExhibit Italia

Video: Fernando Llanos

Production of exhibition tables: Taller Tornel

Photos: Sandra Pereznieto